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English

European sculpture of a dragon.

Etymology

From Old French dragon, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] dracō, from Ancient Greek δράκων (drakōn), a serpent of huge size, a python, a dragon), probably from δρακεῖν (drakein), aorist active infinitive of δέρκομαι (derkomai), I see clearly).

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dragon

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  1. (obsolete) A very large snake; a python.
  2. A mythical serpentine or reptilian creature.
    1. (Western) A gigantic beast, typically reptilian with leathery bat-like wings, lion-like claws, scaly skin and a serpent-like tail, often with fiery breath.
      • c.1900Edith Nesbit, The Last of the Dragons
        But as every well-brought-up prince was expected to kill a dragon, and rescue a princess, the dragons grew fewer and fewer till it was often quite hard for a princess to find a dragon to be rescued from.
    2. (Eastern) A large snake-like lizard with the eyes of a hare, the horns of a stag, and the claws of a tiger
      • 1913Sax Rohmer, The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, ch XIII
        These tapestries were magnificently figured with golden dragons; and as the serpentine bodies gleamed and shimmered in the increasing radiance, each dragon, I thought, intertwined its glittering coils more closely with those of another.
  3. A lizard of the genus Draco.
  4. The Komodo dragon.
  5. The constellation Draco.
    • 1605William Shakespeare, King Lear, i 2
      My father compounded with my mother vnder the Dragons taile, and my nativity was vnder Vrsa Maior.
  6. (pejorative) An unpleasant woman; a harridan.
    She’s a bit of a dragon.
  7. "the dragon" The nickname for the People's Republic of China.
  8. (figuratively) Something very formidable or dangerous.

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French

Noun

dragon m. (plural dragons; feminine dragonne, plural dragonnes)

  1. Dragon

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Middle English

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Noun

dragon

  1. A dragon.
    • 1382Wyclif's Bible, Daniel 14:26
      Therfor Daniel took pitch, and talow, and heeris, and sethide togidere; and he made gobetis, and yaf in to the mouth of the dragun; and the dragun was al to-brokun.
    • 1380-1399Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, The Parson's Tale
      For God seith thus by Moyses: they shul been wasted with hunger, and the briddes of helle shul devouren hem with bitter deeth, and the galle of the dragon shal been hire drynke, and the venym of the dragon hire morsels.

Old Welsh

Noun

dragon

  1. commander, war leader

Swedish

Noun

Inflection for dragon Singular Plural
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dragon c.

  1. tarragon; a perennial herb
  2. tarragon; the leaves of this plant

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